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Asunmaa's WRC Rally Finland to a premature end
03.10.2021  |  37
Teemu Asunmaa and Marko Salminen in WRC Rally Finland. Photo: Honza Fronek/Rally-Mania.cz.
Teemu Asunmaa and Marko Salminen in WRC Rally Finland. Photo: Honza Fronek/Rally-Mania.cz.
Teemu Asunmaa, 34, with his co-driver Marko Salminen, 29, have failed to finish the tenth round of WRC season, WRC Secto Automotive Rally Finland. Asunmaa drove off the road on the second stage of Sunday, Ruuhimäki 1. Both Asunmaa and co-driver Salminen are OK. Asunmaa was fourth in WRC3.

-I misunderstood a pace note. I thought we were going to a straight after a fast corner, but we were actually on the straight and thus the braking for the next corner was late. No major damage for the car, we changed two suspension arms and drove to service from the stage.

On the opening day of Friday Asunmaa was third, fifth and again third fastest on the stages of the opening leg. On the second leg of Friday Asunmaa was fourth fastest on all three stages. Asunmaa, suffering from a flu, was third in WRC3 by the night’s service.

-I caught a flu and it’s been a bit tough now. We’ll need to watch the stages again from our in-car- videos to see where we could improve. Tomorrow is a new and long day, and nothing is lost yet. I’m not feeling the best currently, but it could always be worse.

Saturday’s first leg consisted of four special stages. On the first two stages Asunmaa was fourth fastest and on the latter two third fastest. By the day’s service break Asunmaa was fourth in WRC3.

-I’m not satisfied with my driving, it’s not very smooth or flowing. Partly because yesterday’s pace notes were better for some reason. We’ll try to improve the pace notes during the break and improve for the second run. The roads were in a good condition and the stages are great.

On the second leg Asunmaa was second fastest on the stages 11 and 12 and fourth in SS13. On the final forest stage of the day, Patajoki 2 driven in the darkness of the Finnish autumn, Asunmaa was third. The day ended to the traditional Harju super special stage, on which Asunmaa was fifth fastest.

-It’s been nice to let go and the roads have been in great condition and it’s been a pleasure, even though I’m not happy with today’s pace. This is the pace we’re doing now and it’s not easy to suddenly gain more pace. On the special stage 13 I hit a rock twice at the beginning of the stage, but luckily nothing happened. Otherwise it’s been a clean day.

Asunmaa started off Sunday with a fifth fastest time on Laukaa 1. Asunmaa’s rally however ended on the next stage of Ruuhimäki 1.

-The weekend overall didn’t go according to our expectations and it culminated on our off. Driving just wasn’t there, and my condition didn’t help things at all. Hard to say really how much it affected in the end. We’ll try again next time. A big thank your for all our cooperation partners and for the team for the possibility to drive here, it’s a shame it turned out like this. It is part of this sport. We’ll need to unpack after the rally why we lost time on set parts of the stage and why we were on pace on other parts.

Asunmaa’s season continues with the development work of the new Skoda Fabia Rally2 Kit throughout the fall. An exact schedule is yet unknown.

-Possibility something is happening, but the plans are still a bit open. We’ll find out soon enough. I doubt we’ll drive competitively with the Fabia Rally2 Evo again, there aren’t too many races left this season.
 
Special stage results in WRC3:
 
Friday 1.10.
SS1 – Harju 1 – 2,31 km
1. Emil Lindholm 1:54,3   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Pepe Lopez 1:55,9 +1,6 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo ESP
3. Teemu Asunmaa 1:55,9 +1,6 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Eerik Pietarinen 1:56,7 +2,4 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
5. Mikko Heikkilä 1:58,5 +4,2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
 
SS2 – Ässämäki 1 – 12,31 km
1. Emil Lindholm 6:10,3   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Egon Kaur 6:12,7 +2,4 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
3. Mikko Heikkilä 6:14,3 +4,0 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Eerik Pietarinen 6:14,4 +4,1 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
5. Teemu Asunmaa 6:15,5 +5,2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
 
SS3 – Sahloinen-Moksi 1 – 21,37 km
1. Mikko Heikkilä 10:57,4   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Emil Lindholm 10:58,6 +1,2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Teemu Asunmaa 10:59,2 +1,8 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Egon Kaur 11:01,4 +4,0 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
5. Eerik Pietarinen 11:03,0 +5,6 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
 
SS4 – Ässämäki 2 – 12,31 km
1. Emil Lindholm 6:04,3   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Egon Kaur 6:04,7 +0,4 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
3. Eerik Pietarinen 6:07,4 +3,1 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
4. Teemu Asunmaa 6:08,8 +4,5 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Mikko Heikkilä 6:09,6 +5,3 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
 
SS5 – Sahloinen-Moksi 2 – 21,37 km
1. Egon Kaur 10:46,2   Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
2. Emil Lindholm 10:46,3 +0,1 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Mikko Heikkilä 10:47,5 +1,3 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Teemu Asunmaa 10:54,0 +7,8 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Eerik Pietarinen 10:59,1 +12,9 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
 
SS6 – Oittila – 19,75 km
1. Emil Lindholm 11:07,7   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Mikko Heikkilä 11:11,3 +3,6 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Eerik Pietarinen 11:16,1 +8,4 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
4. Teemu Asunmaa 11:17,6 +9,9 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Pepe Lopez 11:43,3 +35,6 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo ESP
 
Saturday 2.10.
SS7 – Kakaristo-Hassi 1 – 18,17 km
1. Emil Lindholm 9:08,3   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Eerik Pietarinen 9:14,7 +6,4 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
3. Mikko Heikkilä 9:16,6 +8,3 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Teemu Asunmaa 9:19,7 +11,4 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Egon Kaur 9:24,9 +16,6 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
 
SS8 – Päijälä 1 – 22,61 km
1. Emil Lindholm 11:15,3   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Mikko Heikkilä 11:18,3 +3,0 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Eerik Pietarinen 11:21,0 +5,7 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
4. Teemu Asunmaa 11:30,1 +14,8 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Egon Kaur 11:31,6 +16,3 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
 
SS9 – Arvaja 1 – 13,49 km
1. Eerik Pietarinen 7:25,4   Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
2. Emil Lindholm 7:25,4   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Teemu Asunmaa 7:33,2 +7,8 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Egon Kaur 7:37,5 +12,1 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
5. Lauri Joona 7:38,3 +12,9 Skoda Fabia R5 FIN
 
SS10 – Patajoki 1 – 20,55 km
1. Mikko Heikkilä 11:04,5   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Emil Lindholm 11:09,2 +4,7 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Teemu Asunmaa 11:12,0 +7,5 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Eerik Pietarinen 11:13,6 +9,1 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
5. Egon Kaur 11:23,1 +18,6 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
 
SS11 – Kakaristo-Hassi 2 – 18,17 km
1. Emil Lindholm 9:03,6   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Teemu Asunmaa 9:07,1 +3,5 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Eerik Pietarinen 9:09,3 +5,7 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
4. Mikko Heikkilä 9:11,7 +8,1 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Egon Kaur 9:13,1 +9,5 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
 
SS12 – Päijälä 2 – 22,61 km
1. Mikko Heikkilä 11:08,7   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Teemu Asunmaa 11:11,9 +3,2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Eerik Pietarinen 11:12,5 +3,8 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
4. Emil Lindholm 11:12,9 +4,2 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Egon Kaur 11:15,5 +6,8 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
 
SS13 – Arvaja 2 – 13,49 km
1. Emil Lindholm 7:22,6   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Eerik Pietarinen 7:24,9 +2,3 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
3. Mikko Heikkilä 7:25,9 +3,3 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Teemu Asunmaa 7:31,1 +8,5 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Lauri Joona 7:35,9 +13,3 Skoda Fabia R5 FIN
 
SS14 – Patajoki 2 – 20,55 km
1. Emil Lindholm 11:09,1   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
2. Mikko Heikkilä 11:10,8 +1,7 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Teemu Asunmaa 11:15,5 +6,4 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
4. Eerik Pietarinen 11:19,0 +9,9 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
5. Egon Kaur 11:23,3 +14,2 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
 
SS15 – Harju 2 – 2,31 km
1. Eerik Pietarinen 1:54,6   Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
2. Emil Lindholm 1:54,6   Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Pepe Lopez 1:54,7 +0,1 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo ESP
4. Lauri Joona 1:56,3 +1,6 Skoda Fabia R5 FIN
5. Teemu Asunmaa 1:56,7 +2,1 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
 
Sunday 3.10.
SS16 – Laukaa 1 – 11,12 km
1. Eerik Pietarinen 5:47,8   Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 FIN
2. Mikko Heikkilä 5:48,4 +0,6 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
3. Egon Kaur 5:49,6 +1,8 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 EST
4. Emil Lindholm 5:53,3 +5,5 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
5. Teemu Asunmaa 5:53,5 +5,7 Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo FIN
 
 
 

Teemu ja Marko

Teemu Asunmaa

33

Ikä

Alavus

Kotipaikka

Yrittäjä

Ammatti

Marko Salminen

42

Ikä

Kittilä

Kotipaikka

Kumppanit

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